Summer camp review: Goodbye boredom
Guess what’s going on! The camp is back! Tell your friends! You can find your perfect summer camp with our reference guide.
These camps provide children with opportunities for learning, exploration, art, and athletics, all while adhering to CDC health guidelines. Forget about the quiet slump of last year and get ready to have some fun in the summer of 2021.
Just for fun
With its annual summer camp, the Homewood-Flossmoor Park District offers a variety of activities, games and hands-on projects. Children have the chance to play outside on the playground and have fun too. After Camp is available for families who need more time. Several sessions offered by HF Park District at the Irwin Community Center.
Little Children Discovery Camp
This one is for toddlers, who can play, laugh and learn at the new Discovery Preschool. In addition to enjoying the outdoors and playing with friends, campers will be doing crafts and other motor-building activities. Several sessions offered by HF Park District at the Irwin Community Center.
Nature camp for children
Young people who enjoy exploring the outdoors will immerse themselves in this camp, which includes nature adventures as well as art, STEM, exploration and community building activities. Stick around for After Camp for an additional fee. Several sessions offered by HF Park District at the Irons Oaks Environmental Learning Center.
GSU Steam Camp
This free virtual camp provides children ages 11 to 16 with a bag of supplies and instructions to support camp activities, which include recorded and live sessions, as well as self-scheduled and parent-led activities. Offered in July by Governors State University.
STEAM Camp for Girls
Designed for children aged 8 to 11, this camp aims to develop girls’ confidence and interest in STEAM subjects, involving them in an investigation of comparative anatomy with forensic applications. Offered in June at Homewood Science Center.
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Two different sessions offer children aged 11 to 13 really interesting opportunities to learn modern technologies. In “Create an App,” kids will work as a team using MIT App Inventor to design a mobile app that can help solve a problem. In “Green Screen Movie Scene”, try your hand at producing photo and video content using green screen technology. Students will launch their final projects at a VIP family home evening. Offered in July at Homewood Science Center.
Jedi Engineering with Legos
Prepare to defeat the Empire! In two age groups, young people from 5 to 12 years old will take off for this introductory engineering course. They will explore the principles of engineering with Legos while building motorized and architectural projects inspired by Star Wars. Instructor led class offered in June by HF Park District at the HF Racquet and Fitness Club.
Pokémon Engineering with Legos
It doesn’t get much better than designing your own Poke Balls, exploring the Kanto region, and flying with Charizard during this week-long camp that allows kids of two age groups to experience engineering at across the vast world of Pokemon with tens of thousands of Legos. Instructor led class offered in July by HF Park District at the HF Racquet and Fitness Club.
Summer of Code: Web Assistants
In this introductory course, students ages 6-9 will create their own personalized game or story, while exploring computer topics such as web security, sequences, loops, and events. Sessions help instill meaningful collaboration and problem solving. Offered in July at Homewood Science Center.
Get your hands dirty
This everlasting favorite camp teaches kids how to use basic carpentry tools as they build full-size themed structures. Security is accentuated and reinforced. Campers will spend part of their day in the construction zone, where safety is taught and enforced, and the rest playing organized games. Several sessions offered by HF Park District at Flossmoor Park.
Crime scene investigation camp
Investigate, collect evidence, and understand forensic labs through hands-on experiences during this expert-led camp for children ages 8-10. Offered in June at Homewood Science Center.
Makey Makey Design Studio
Children ages 8 to 11 will use a Makey Makey circuit board kit to create a cardboard game that they design in the Scratch programming language. Offered in July by the Homewood Science Center.
Musical theater camp
Presented by the famous Bel Canto children’s choir, this virtual camp for children aged 8 to 12 teaches them a dance routine choreographed to “Hand Jive” from the movie “Grease”. At the same time, they will learn vocal projection, stage presence and rapid memorization techniques. Ends with an online performance for family and friends. Available in June via Google Meet.
GSU Theater Summer Camp
Singers, dancers, improvisers, and writers ages 8-15 can take a magic carpet ride at this immersive musical theater camp that focuses on scenes from the Disney movie “Aladdin.” One final in-person performance for friends and family makes this non-competitive camp particularly exciting. No experience needed. Offered in June at Governors State University.
Suburban Youth Symphony Orchestra
Children ages 9 to 12 who are interested in the violin can try this immersive camp to receive hands-on instruction from a 30-year-old professional. Instruments and materials are provided for classroom use as students learn basic technique and music reading skills. A concert for family and friends comes at the end. Offered in August by HF Park District at the Irwin Community Center.
Go for gold
The Coyote Run Golf Course hosts a number of camps for young golfers of all skill levels to hit the greens. In Coyote Pups, kids ages 5-8 get off on the right foot by learning the proper technique for grip, aim and setup. The Junior Golf Camp continues to develop these skills for youth ages 9 to 15. Two age groups followed the Let’s Go Play route, where children can put their skills to the test. Clubs are available to borrow and buy. Offered in June and July by HF Park District at the Coyote Run Golf Course.
Flag football camp
Children ages 7 to 12 learn the basics of passing, road running, defensive skills and ball handling while developing speed and agility. Learn the basics and improve your game through team and individual competitions. Offered in July by HF Park District at Lions Club Park.
Four levels of tennis camps are offered by HF Park District in June, July and August at the HF Racquet and Fitness Club.
Little Stars: Kids ages 4-6 will focus on basic sending and receiving skills. The camp is designed to help hand-eye coordination and develop athleticism.
College: Players 7-10 will be introduced to topspin, a variety of serve, rally and scoring progressions.
Ace Juniors: Designed for intermediate to advanced players, 11-14 year olds will learn aspects of tennis including swimming, rallying, recovery and decision making.
High School: This camp helps players ages 14-18 train for matches and tournaments with live ball drills and competitive games, grouped by ability.
Children aged 7 to 12 will learn the basics and improve their game through team and individual competitions. Athletes will receive training in shooting, dribbling, rebounding, ball handling and defensive techniques. Offered in June by HF Park District at the HF Sports Complex.
Chicago Union Ultimate Frisbee Camp
Get to know the ultimate Frisbee with basic rules and strategies, proper catching techniques, how to throw a backhand and forehand, and basic competitive skills. This beginner’s course is for children aged 8 to 13. Offered in August by HF Park District at Lions Club Park.
Marian Catholic high school sports camps
For younger students of all skill levels and skill levels, Marian Catholic offers sports camps to learn the basics and coaching skills of each program. Sports include baseball, softball, running, basketball, fencing, football, cheerleading, soccer, golf, tennis, track and field and volleyball. Offered in June and July at Marian Catholic High School.
Chicago White Sox Summer Camp
Go! Go! White Sox Summer Camp! Children ages 5 to 12 will learn programs designed by professional coaches from the White Sox organization. Campers of all skill levels will work on pitching, hitting, lineup and basic running. Offered in July by HF Park District at Lions Club Park.